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APRIL 2015

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THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL

LOCAL LENS

BY JULIE PETERS AKEY

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SAN PELAYO, SPAIN

Please submit your favorite, recent photograph to be considered for Local Lens. Images

must be high resolution (at least 300 dpi at 8 x 10”) and must not be in print elsewhere.

Please submit a short description of the scene/event, as well as your name, brief biodata

and the type of camera used, to

locallens@afsa.org.

W

e had to stop to let this shepherd and his sheep go by in

the town of San Pelayo, in the Burgos region of north-

western Spain last November. I was in the area visiting

a U.S. citizen in prison there, one of my responsibilities

during my six-month rotation in American Citizen Services in the

consular section of Embassy Madrid.

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A first-tour, consular-coned FSO, Julie Akey joined the Foreign Service after

serving in the U.S military, teaching English and starting a nonprofit to

help improve education in Haiti. She is the author of

Haiti, My Love

(2012),

a collection of stories drawn from her experience living and working in the

country.